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[P.S.S.T.: Challenge students to put in the effort to live a God-centered life and to see the newness it brings–in themselves, in family members, in school, in friendships, in athletics…]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on;

PROBATION AFTER DEATH”
for Sunday, October 26, 2014

By Steve Henn, C.S. St. Louis, Missouri steven.henn@gmail.com
[Steve's been a CedarS Program Director & teaches English at The Principia School.]

PSST Golden Text: What causes this door to open?  What is God’s role in opening that door? To where might that door lead? What must we do to walk through it? 

PSST Responsive Reading:  What is so desirable about being in God’s house? Why is it better to be a servant there than a patron anywhere else? What does it require of us to be a servant in God’s house?  Why would we want this?


PSST Section 1 – Where is God on our list of supports? Do we lean on the sustaining infinite regularly, or do we try to go it alone – relying on God as a very present help? What does it take to live a God-centered life? How easy is it? How willing are your students to put the effort in necessary to love God supremely?


PSST Section 2 – What is the substance of our daily living? Where does the focus of our attention lie? What is truly of value? What is your purpose each day? How sincerely do you pursue that purpose? Is it God-centered? How can we live out life purposes that are increasingly getting away from self? (Why should we want to?)


PSST Section 3 – What laws govern our lives? What laws are we tempted to believe?  What does it take to reject the laws of matter, sin, sickness, and death?  What do we spend our time asking for? What qualities are reflected in our requests? God is giving us the kingdom daily – it is His good pleasure; are we asking for true substance – or do we get distracted into asking for things that do not last? 


PSST Section 4 – What is this abundant life that Jesus is come to provide? How is life more abundant in Christ? How can we use this idea to compassionately support those struggling with apparent loss in their experience? What is “resurrection” as defined by Mrs. Eddy, and how can we be part of this here and now? How can we use this concept to progress in our own thought past the belief in death? If Jesus is showing us the way, how can we walk in it on a daily, weekly basis? What can your students do this week to follow this path?


PSST Section 5 – What ‘ear’ is Jesus talking about here? What does it take to hear what the Spirit is saying? How can we be sure to hear Christ’s message and open the door to it? What other messages try to knock and enter, and how can we distinguish between them and the message of Christ? (Look up “ears” in the glossary of S&H for further context – also look at Jesus’ statement about having ears and hearing).  

Challenge your students this week to see newness – in themselves, in their family members, in their schooling, in their friendships, in their athletics. What does newness bring to our experience? How does approaching things as new change our relationship to them? 

"Have you ever pictured this heaven and earth, inhabited by beings under the control of supreme wisdom?"  Great question to answer – what does existence as truly governed by divine Mind look like?  Why is it absolutely necessary for us to take this perspective of God’s creation? (See citations S24, S25, and S26)

[Warren’s P.S. If you or your students love puns as I do, you might like to point out Mrs. Eddy’s play on words in a couple of citations in this week’s lesson.  In citation S-9 (291: 5) she identifies “grave mistakes.  That carries the double meaning of “serious” mistakes, as well as mistakes leading to the grave… Similarly in citation S-19 (42:20) she identifies “a dying error” which carries a double meaning of an error that is “becoming extinct” or “on its last legs”, as well as an error that leads to dying and death…]  

 

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